Wednesday 26 October 2016

Pato faces wait after Chelsea agreement

Published 21/01/2016 | 02:30

Alexandre Pato
Alexandre Pato

Alexandre Pato has agreed to a move to Chelsea and is waiting to see if the Stamford Bridge club finalise a deal with Corinthians.

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Chelsea have been in talks with Pato since last week and are interested in taking the Brazilian forward as a replacement for Radamel Falcao.

More negotiations have taken place this week and it is understood that Pato has agreed to the terms that would be set out by Chelsea, with a three-year contract believed to have been mooted by the player's camp.

Corinthians value the 26-year-old at around £10m, but Chelsea may try to haggle down that price or even push for a loan with a view to a permanent move.

Chelsea would need to obtain a work permit to sign Pato, who has not played since November and may require at least a week of full training to get match ready.

He must also hope that a more attractive option is not presented to Chelsea while he waits to move, as the club have not yet dismissed a series of alternatives.

Loic Remy hopes the arrival of Pato would allow him to leave Stamford Bridge this month, but Chelsea would prefer the former AC Milan star to replace Falcao.

Monaco appeared to rule out taking Falcao back from Chelsea this month, but there is hope an agreement can be reached for the striker's season-long loan to be cut short.

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